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Intermittent irritation on labia minora. Looks like stretched, torn. Cause?

hello i have had on and off irritations on the side of the labium minus, sometimes during my periods and sometimes not it looks like the skin there has been stretched and torn, am still a virgin and i dont know what causes this it is always on the left side. i wonder could it be due to using rough toilet papper but then why always the left side? please advise
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

The surface around the genitals is very sensitive, which is why even rough sexual intercourse is advised against.

But as you are still a virgin, I would have liked to know if you went about any activities that could have resulted in irritation of the region like shaving, intense itching, rough undergarments or other materials (causing friction), etc.

As you have mentioned the use of toilet paper in a rough manner, this could very well be the cause. Although as mentioned by you it should be on both sides if the toilet paper is the cause, it could be that the surface on the left side is more sensitive than the right and was may be already irritated due to other activities, a little more than the right.

The best option now would be to visit a doctor, who would go about a physical examination and be the best judge to whether or not the irritated surface looks like it could have been caused by friction/irritation or have other reasons for its presentation.

In the meantime, wear clean,dry and comfortable undergarments or avoid them completely to prevent further friction and irritation of the region.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes
Answered: Tue, 16 Jul 2013
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